Rose McGowan Blames Harvey Weinstein for Manager's Suicide

Rose McGowan Blames Harvey Weinstein for Manager's Suicide

Citizen Rose star Rose McGowan responded over the weekend to the suicide of her former manager, Jill Messick. In an Instagram post, McGowan called Messick's death part of the "damage" caused by Harvey Weinstein, who McGowan has accused of rape. Messick's family, however, has claimed that McGowan herself is partly to blame for Messick's death because McGowan viciously attacked Messick in the wake of the Weinstein scandal and, according to the family, spread false information about Messick. McGowan's attacks on Messick, the family says, helped drive her to suicide, but McGowan does not accept any responsibility in the matter.

Via HuffPost.

Actress Rose McGowan addressed the death of former manager Jill Messick in a brief Instagram caption Saturday, three days after Messick’s suicide.

“For Jill: May your family find some measure of solace during this pain,” McGowan began.

“That one man could cause so much damage is astounding, but tragically true. The bad man did this to us both. May you find peace on the astral plane. May you find serenity with the stars.”

McGowan’s comments followed a scathing statement from Messick’s family to The Hollywood Reporter, calling Messick’s death “collateral damage” in the Harvey Weinstein scandal that shook Hollywood and sparked a global movement against sexual abuse. The family specifically blamed McGowan, Weinstein and journalists for contributing to stress in Messick’s life.

“Seeing her name in headlines again and again, as part of one person’s attempt to gain more attention for her personal cause, along with Harvey’s desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her,” Messick’s family said.

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Messick, 50, was McGowan’s manager in 1997, the year McGowan told The New York Times in an article published in October that Weinstein raped her. McGowan told the Times she informed her manager about the attack shortly after it occurred.

“She put her arms around me,” McGowan told the paper. But in the months that followed, McGowan said she did not feel Messick supported her legal fight against the now-disgraced studio mogul.

Messick later took a job at Miramax, helmed by Weinstein at the time. She went on to produce hit films, including “She’s All That” and “Mean Girls.”

Messick’s family rejected the suggestion that she was not supportive to McGowan, saying she was “the first person who stood up on Rose’s behalf.”

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